Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Special Delivery

Something special arrived this week for my kitchen.

Here's clue #1:

Clue # 2: sorry it's a little blurry.
Okay... I can't wait any longer.... here she is... all 132 pounds of her. The freight package actually weighed 180 pounds! I couldn't stage a pretty picture as she is too heavy so you will just have to enjoy my apron/farmhouse sink in the box:)

And here's some pictures of what I have in mind for her in my kitchen.
Both the pictures are from Pinterest.







Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Painted House...just not what we had in mind.

I've been absent from the blog for awhile, not that I am a dedicated blogger by any means but eveything has felt like a fight recently. What's the law that says "if it can go wrong, it will"? That's kinda where we are at, so I just think it's best that I keep myself quiet :) No use complaining in the midst of it when you lack perspective right? I just pray... ALOT... and the Lord slowly works me through it. That's how it's always been with me. So, painting the house proved to be no different for us. I thought we had picked out a beautiful GREY/BLUE color. However, it was not what we had in mind at all. Apparently, we picked out a very light blue that at certain times of the day looks periwinkle and even lavendar at times. I guess looking at a swatch of color indoors does not take into effect the "light reflective value." I thought I had learned this lesson already but I did it once again...nice work!


Take a look for yourself:



It's a bummer for sure, but no use worrying about it now. If the color doesn't "grow on us" it can be changed later. No time or money to fix that mistake at this point. Live and hopefully really learn this lesson for next time :)



Here's the boom truck that the hubs rented to help paint the house. She's a vintage beauty and she worked perfectly!


One last shot before my house became the periwinkle girl!


The month of November is all we have left to get this done. (the royal "we" of course) Holy moly does my husband have alot to do. We need a miracle Lord! thanks in advance!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

an evening with the A-team

When days like this come along and you live in the country... you have to soak it up.


We headed down the road in Brett's truck.
Little Miss helped drive.

Our destination... the river!


B-boy did what little boys do...


making sure to eat lots of sand and dirt.


Little Miss did what little girls do... dancing and singing to her hearts delight.


We (mom and dad) just enjoyed these precious moments...


























We had a few precious hours together this evening as a family.


As my "babies" sleep, I can still hear their laughter.


Thanking the Lord for a day like today...medicine for our weary souls.


Soft and Sweet the words of Psalms 121 came to my mind today and soothed my heart.


"I look up to the hills, but where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. He will not let you be defeated."


(Psalms 121:1-3a... New Century Version)


So thankful that the Lord heard my heart and blessed me with a day like today!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

not too shabby

I got these beautiful antique chairs at a garage sale.

I was intimidated to work on them as they seemed out of my league. I know how to paint and cover seats... but I've never had to reappolster the tops of chairs before. They sat in the shop forever and then my husband finally talked me into giving it a try and he lovingly REFUSED to help me in any way:) Thanks babe... you're a gem!

Well, I gave it a go and for my first time I thought, "not to shabby"
Here's how they turned out.




I think they are the perfect chairs for a little tea for two!



I love all the little details...

a very soft blue color...

the hand carved flower...

a slightly distressed finish...

and my mom helped me sew the perfect little seat cover:)


For those of you who are interested... here's how I did the tops of the chairs.
My supplies:
fabric, "sew perfect" batting, "sew perfect" nu-foam, trim, staple gun, glue gun, scissors
(burlap...not pictured)


First I used the old forms to cut out mine... I cut them out larger than the originals.


I applied the back fabric first with my staple gun and then trimmed the edges.

Then I turned the chair over and applied the burlap to the front with the staple gun.


Next, I trimmed a piece of the "sew perfect" nu-foam and placed it on top of the burlap.

Then I added some of the "sew perfect" batting.

Here's the layers...


Then, I applied my fabric to the front of the chair with the staple gun and trimmed the edges.



After that... all I had to do was glue the trim on (both front and back) with the hot glue gun.

Easy right? It did go much better then I had anticipated. I learned a lot and hopefully I will get better at it each time.


Linking to {primp} for her party:
http://micheleravendesigns.blogspot.com/
(I couldn't get her button....I need some directions as to how you do that)

Linking to French Country Cottage for her party:
http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/

Linking to The Shabby Nest for her party:
http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/

Knick of Time

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Old Glory and a Happy 4th of July!

We had a great 4th of July here in the river valley. That's the old corn crib on our property. I think "Old Glory" looks great up there. Once the house is done....she'll be next on the list (big sigh).

I had of course hoped that we would be in our house celebrating this occasion but life is life and it often doesn't go as planned. My husband Brett had a bad fall over memorial weekend...just when he had started siding our home. No broken bones thankfully but it slowed him down for awhile. However, this weekend he was back at it :) Thought I should share some updated photos.




I think I will stick to the classic white cottage. I still have a little more time to decide before he paints it. The drywall is done inside. Once he finishes the outside he moves inside for all the stuff I'm excited about... doors, trim, cabinets, and flooring.

While Brett worked, I did my best to make sure the kids enjoyed this special weekend. Here's a little bit of what we did.

Little Miss A. got to go on her first horse ride.

Swimming was a must. At the farm, Bentley got to enjoy that as well. We just filled up a big black tub (an animal feeding bin of some sort) and we had our own little kiddie pool :)


Then late on Monday night we managed to get the dad loaded up and we enjoyed some fireworks!


We gave him lots of LOVE for all he does for our family.

Just want to say a little "thank-you" to all our troops and their families who work so hard as well and sacrifice so much so that we can enjoy our freedom and liberty. God Bless you all!